Hotlinking is a term that describes the addition of images on a particular Internet site using direct links. When you have site A, for instance, and an individual creates website B and wants to include a few images from your site, they are able to either save the images and then add them on their Internet site or they may simply put links on their Internet site to the images on yours. Thus, every time a visitor opens Internet site B, site B will steal traffic from your own site A, as the images shall load from your web hosting account. This process is oftentimes used for documents and other types of files too. If you'd like to prevent third parties from stealing your content and from using your own website hosting account’s resources, you'll be able to restrict their ability to use direct links to your files on their websites.
Hotlinking Protection in Hosting
There's a simple method for preventing the hotlinking of your images via an .htaccess file within the website’s root directory, but if you are not very tech-savvy, we also give you a very user-friendly tool that will allow you to activate the protection with a couple of clicks and without inputting any code. The tool may be accessed from the Hepsia Control Panel, included with all our hosting and the only 2 things which you'll need to pick are a domain/subdomain from a drop-down menu and if the protection needs to be enabled for the main Internet site folder or for some subfolder. Our system will do the rest, so you will not need to do anything else personally on your end. If you wish to turn off the hotlink protection option sometime, you'll simply have to return to the exact same section, to mark the checkbox beside it and to press the Delete button.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you have a semi-dedicated server account with our company and you find out that somebody has hotlinked any of your images, you may use the protection tool we have created and included in our in-house built Hepsia hosting Control Panel. Once you activate this function, a server-generated image will appear on the third-party site instead of your actual images. You will only have to navigate to the Hotlink Protection section within the Control Panel and select the domain or subdomain which your Internet site uses from a practical drop-down menu - it's as simple as that. If necessary, you shall also have the option to switch on the function only for a specific subfolder and not for the website as a whole. Deactivating the protection is equally easy - return to the same section, check the box alongside the particular site and then press the Delete button.